Total loss of trust

Hyderabad: Infuriated mob pulled off the ventilator support from a 16-year old boy, suspecting that the doctors were fooling them by keeping the system to an already dead man.
The mob also manhandled a junior doctor and ransacked the furniture in the hospital in Hyderabad. The unusual episode took place at Lotus Hospital in Hyderabad on Thursday.
While the relatives of the boy, Suresh Kumar, alleged that the doctors tried to hoodwink them by putting the boy on ventilator after he had breathed his last, the hospital management maintained that the boy was alive and slipped into coma after fuss was removed from his brain through a lengthy surgery on Wednesday. “Despite it being a holiday on account of Ugadi (Telugu New Year), we got a very senior expert to conduct the surgery to remove fuss from his brain. The operation lasted for more than three hours. The boy slipped into coma and was being treated through ventilator support,” hospital general manager Bhanu Murthy said.
Suresh was brought to the hospital with a serious wound in his injury. He was said to have been treated at another private hospital before coming to Lotus Hospital.
The relatives alleged that the doctors assured the family that Suresh would recover and would be alright after the surgery. They made them cough up Rs 1 lakh as advance payment for the treatment But, after the surgery, when one of the relatives went into the ICU to see him, the boy was lying dead, they alleged.
When the relatives asked the doctors to hand over the dead body to them, the doctors said the boy was alive.
“He died after his relatives removed the ventilator”, Murthy said.
Saifabad police deployed men to control the mob.
Sub-inspector Ravi Kumar said a case had been registered against the relatives of deceased under Indian Penal Code sections 147 (rioting), 458 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night after preparation for hurt, assault), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) read with 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common) and various sections of the Medicare Services Persons And Medicare Service Institutions Act.

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